Wight Writers is a friendly writers’ group for writers who live on the Isle of Wight. We hold critique sessions every Thursday night where members who choose to read out their work are given constructive feedback.
We also have social events throughout the year, including American lunches and suppers. Some of these are just for fun, but others include a visiting speaker or a themed discussion on a writing related topic.
Members can choose how much or how little they take part. Some people want plenty of feedback while others just want social contact with other writers. No one has to read out their work unless they want to – it’s fine to come to the critique sessions just to give feedback to others.
Our group was started more than 40 years ago by a group of people who had attended an adult education creative writing course and their tutor, Diane Doubtfire. The purpose then, as it is now, was to allow writers to stay in touch for mutual support and advice, to become friends and to continue learning about writing. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and now has about 40 members.
Our members’ work reflects their interests and covers a wide range of genres, including children’s books and short stories, adult short stories, humour, science-fiction, romantic and historical novels, crime fiction and plays. The non-fiction includes travel writing, technical articles, real life adventure, memoirs and biographies.
Members of the group have had success in many fields, including non-fiction articles and books, novels, short stories and scripts for stage and screen.